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Sony, Microsoft discuss Blu-ray for Xbox 360

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346w ago - Sony is in talks with console rival Microsoft about offering a Blu-ray drive for the Xbox 360, according to a senior executive.

The Japanese electronics maker has until now touted Blu-ray as an advantage its PlayStation 3 holds over Microsoft's console. Microsoft has backed Toshiba's HD-DVD format and offered an HD-DVD drive that can be plugged into the 360.

But after Sony's victory last month in the high-definition DVD format war, Stan Glasgow, Sony Electronics US president, said the two sides were now talking about Microsoft adopting Blu-ray.

A Blu-ray drive in a 360 would make Microsoft more competitive with the PS3, but it would also mean extra revenues for Sony's electronics division. It would also add further cost to the 360, meaning a premium edition of the console could be necessary.

A Blu-ray drive could be incorporated in its top-of-the-range Elite Xbox, or Microsoft could again offer a drive as a plug-in peripheral.

Mr Glasgow, speaking at a media dinner, added that discussions were also taking place with Apple, which has not offered Blu-ray drives on any of its computers so far and has focused on digital media via downloads and streaming through devices such as its Apple TV.

The Sony president said he did not believe Blu-ray would be...
 

PlayStation Store Update for March 6, 2008

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346w ago - Per Grace Chen (Senior Manager, PLAYSTATION Store) today:

Hey, everyone. It's time again for the PLAYSTATION Store weekly update.

Downloadable Games:
Rocketmen: Axis of Evil (free demo, $9.99 full game)
Join Nick Sion, Alec Mink and the rest of the Alliance of Free Planets in their white-knuckled, frenzied struggle to free the Solar System from the tyrannical grip of Lord Invictus and the Legion of Terra! With its distinctive cel-shaded art style, engaging storyline, RPG elements and non-stop action, this shooter promises to keep players coming back for more!
ESRB Rated E
File size: 124 MB

Add-on Game Content:
Guitar Hero III: Modern Metal Track Pack ($6.25)
"Almost Easy" as performed by Avenged Sevenfold, "The Arsonist" as performed by Thrice, "Hole in the earth" as performed by Deftones. For all song credits please visit www.redoctane.com
File size: 46.2 MB

Rock Band
Build your Rock Band library by purchasing these song game tracks. Rock Band Grateful Dead Pack 1 includes all six songs. For song credits, visit www.RockBand.com.

"Casey Jones" -Grateful Dead ($1.99) "Sugar Magnolia" -Grateful Dead ($1.99) "Truckin'" - Grateful Dead ($1.99) "Franklin's Tower" - Grateful...
 

US Air Force Wants 300 40gb PS3s

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346w ago - It looks like the United States Air Force needs some heavy research machinery at a low cost. Who do they turn to? The PlayStation 3, 300 of them to be exact.

The Air Force Research Laboratory is conducting a technology assessment of certain cell processors.

The processors in the Sony PlayStation 3 are the only brand on the market that utilizes the specific cell processor characteristics needed for this program at an acceptable cost.

At this moment it is only a Request for Proposal, in which sellers will provide price quotes to the Air Force.
 

Would You Play a Call of Duty MMO?

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346w ago - Speaking to a group of investment analysts today, Activision CEO (and soon to be Activision Blizzard president and CEO) Bobby Kotick said the company is considering turning its Call of Duty franchise into a massively multiplayer online game.

Kotick briefly touched on the idea in answer to a question at the 2008 Morgan Stanley Technology Conference about how merging Activision with Vivendi Games might open up new opportunities for both companies.

Before closing its deal with Vivendi (which owns Sierra and Blizzard), Kotick said Activision looked at five years of data on U.S. publishers' attempts to break into the MMO market. Most resulted in failure, cancellation or low profit margins.

By teaming up with Blizzard, which has proven its online mettle with World of Warcraft, he said Activision can not only pull in WoW's subscriber base to strengthen its balance sheet but also to learn from the company's veterans how to undertake new projects.

That could include tapping Blizzard talent to figure out how Activision might take Call of Duty in an MMO direction, Kotick said. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, developed by Infinity Ward, was a huge hit for Activision in 2007 and routinely appears at the top of Xbox Live's weekly list of most-played games.

Kotick only touched...
 

Current-gen video games are most often NOT in Full HD!

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346w ago - It all started innocently enough, in the gaming forum section of a non-gaming related website I visit. The fanboys were going at it, spitting venom and vitriol back and forth as they tried to declare their favorite console as being the best choice for everyone.

Someone said that the PS3 simply had "more power" (and that is a direct quote). Others maintained that the PS3 had literally no good games that the 360 didn't (and I guess for some reason this meant that they thought it never would).

That's when someone chimed in with the argument that the PS3 is a better buy because it supports 1080p output via HDMI, without having to buy an "Elite" version. Of course, that's forgetting that the XBOX 360 in all its flavours comes with HDMI output now - including the "Retard" or "Arcade" version.

The point is that the current generation of games are not really full HD anyway. Most of them, at least.

Halo 3 Controversy
As I was doing research for this article, I came across this massive thread at Beyond3D. This is the thread that generated a lot of buzz on the net, and heat with Bungie, because they exposed the fact that Halo 3 played at a native resolution of 640p (that's 1152–640 - or 0.7 megapixels, less pixel area than that of the "old" gaming standard...
 
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